I have decided that since I have so many delicious Scandinavian recipes to share with you, it would be nice if I could post them weekly. Since Sunday is usually such a lovely, quiet day, I thought it would be the perfect day on which to post these recipes. Due to this being my very first post, I have decided to start with two very easy but very nice recipes that I have learnt since staying in Sweden:
Pytt i Panna
6 - 8 cooked potatoes
1 - 2 cups of cooked meat (ham is best, in my opinion)
1 medium onion
5 - 6 eggs
A little oil for stir-frying
This recipe makes 5 - 6 servings and is the most basic version of this dish. You really can add whatever you like into this - any type of meat or vegetable. It works really nicely with diced beetroot. This dish is really lovely after a long day's travelling or work as it can be frozen and just needs frying in a little bit of butter before serving. For the British among you, think ham, egg and chips, just in teeny tiny pieces!
1. Dice the potatoes, onions and cooked meat into about 1cm cubes.
2. Stir-fry the diced potatoes in a little oil until browned and crisp. Remove them from the pan.
3. Melt the butter and gently fry the onions until they are soft. Add the meat and brown it for five minutes.
4. Reduce heat to low and add the potatoes, mixing until warm. While you are doing this, fry the eggs in a separate pan.
5. Serve with a fried egg on top of each portion.
Chokladbollar (Chocolate balls)
1tbsp vanilla sugar (vanilla extract works just as well)
3 tbsp cocoa powder
3dl rolled oats
3 tbsp cold strong coffee
pearl sugar or dessicated coconut for the coating
These are one of my favourite things. They are so simple to make and go really nicely with a cold glass of milk or some coffee. You can alter this recipe fairly easily according to taste, for example, the coffee can be substituted with water if desired. It is also really funny to make with children since it is easiest if you mix all of the ingredients by hand, a lovely excuse to make a mess!
1. Mix the oats, sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla sugar together in a bowl
2. Add the butter and rub the ingredients together to form a dough. Make sure all of the butter is rubbed in before mixing in the coffee/water. (If you are using vanilla extract, rather than vanilla sugar, this is the best time to add it)
3. Once the mixture is thoroughly blended pour some pearl sugar or dessicated coconut or whatever you fancy onto a plate. Using your hands, form balls out of the dough (they can be any size, you can also press the whole mixture into a cake tin, cover with melted chocolate and sprinkle coconut on to make a cake version!) Roll the balls around on the plate until fully coated.
4. Leave them in the fridge to cool. Eat them with a great big glass of ice cold milk!
I hope you enjoy them! Please remember to leave a comment if you have any questions or suggestions for me!